First Post-Pandemic Cruise to Dock in San Francisco
Princess Cruises is scheduled to operate the first passenger cruise to sail out of the Port of San Francisco in 18 months when the Majestic Princess arrives on Monday, en route from Los Angeles on a seven-day round-trip Classic California Coast cruise. From there, she’s bound for San Diego and Ensenada before returning to L.A.
Now that cruise activity has finally resumed, the Port of San Francisco is expecting a total of 21 ships to dock there through the end of the year, and 127 are scheduled to visit over the course of 2022.
In pre-pandemic times, every dollar’s worth of economic activity on Port property generated about $1.50 in economic activity across the city, reported local outlet KRON4. During the pre-COVID era, Annual economic activity on Port property yielded $4 billion in economic output for the city, generated $117 million for the Northern California region and supported more than 16,000 jobs throughout Northern California.
All crew members and eligible passengers on cruises coming to San Francisco are fully vaccinated, per CDC guidelines. Each cruise line has developed special COVID-19 health and safety protocols in cooperation with the CDC, and undergone rigorous evaluation before resuming passenger operations.
The Port and cruise lines have signed agreements with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to adopt regulations that exceed even federal guidelines, including specific protocols to protect terminal workers and members of the public.
Passage through Piers 27 and 35 will be staggered to minimize the possibility of crowding in those areas and the wearing of face masks will be required throughout the terminal’s indoor areas. KRON4 also reports that the cruise terminal will now be a touchless environment.
Source: Travel Pulse